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That fomo fishing feeling

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REMEMBER, even a bad day’s fishing is better than a good day’s work.

In today’s age of self-aggrandisement and online oversharing, it’s easy to end up drowning in images of enormous fish caught in idyllic conditions, just not by you. Insert sad-face emoji.

Pictures pop up everywhere, from Facebook posts to fishing forums. Snaps splashed all over Instagram with just-the-right-filter. Even Tinder, I’m told, can be a hotbed of unsolicited fish pics.

Every scroll, click and page impression you make, it feels like everyone is having a super-terrific A would-trade-again experience.

Friends, family, randoms, all holding up fish in such numbers as to leave you feeling more than a little fishing inadequate. Especially as the only thing nabbed on your last trip was a warm service-station sandwich.

Hey, guess what? It’s okay.

It happens to all of us.

And it’s not as if anyone skites about a bad day’s fishing, do they?

I was witness to an incredible burst of winter game fishing last year that perfectly demonstrated a microcosm of that fomo (fear of missing out) fishing feeling. A migration of southern bluefin tuna, an incredible event, had swept up the east coast of the North Island on to a range of trailer boats. As one commercial fisherman described it: “The most fish I’ve seen in 24 years of southern bluefin tuna fishing!”

(As an aside, there is exciting anecdotal evidence of a rebuilding fishery that if carefully managed could become a world-class tourist attraction.)

So during a small wintery window, unprecedented numbers of game fishers descended on Waihau Bay to try their luck. One morning 112 boats headed out and the........

© The Gisborne Herald